Orlando at Charlotte

Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena

Hedo Turkoglu wouldn't be shocked if he didn't play in his first game back from suspension, but Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn might have to give the veteran forward some minutes with the injuries piling up.

The Magic will try to avoid an eighth straight defeat on Wednesday night when the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats go for their first-ever three-game winning streak in this Southeast Division series.

Suspended for 20 games by the league after testing positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid, Turkoglu is eligible to take the court again on Wednesday. However, with the Magic (18-53) wrapping up one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Turkoglu, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds, knows he may not get many minutes.

"I'm happy (the suspension is) over, but on the other hand if you look at it, it's just like the last 10 games of the season," Turkoglu said after Tuesday's practice. "... It's frustrating just being in this situation.

"I don't expect a whole lot (of playing time) because of the situation. We've got a lot of young guys playing good, so that wouldn't surprise me at all if I didn't play."

Vaughn would like to give Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and rookie big men Andrew Nicholson, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn the bulk of the minutes with Glen Davis (foot) and Al Harrington (knee) out, but the Magic will be without Vucevic (concussion) for a fourth straight game and Nicholson, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Monday's 108-94 loss to Miami.

The Magic, also without Arron Afflalo (strained right hamstring) for the rest of the season, are trying to end their longest skid since a season-high 12-game slide that started with a 106-100 home loss to Charlotte (16-54) on Jan. 18.

Starting with that matchup, Orlando has dropped 29 of 33, including a 105-92 home loss to the Bobcats on Feb. 19.

Charlotte, though, has dropped 10 of 11 at home in this series - including the postseason - following a 107-98 loss in Orlando's only other visit to Time Warner Cable Arena this season on Dec. 15.

The Bobcats, winners of three of four at home, are also looking to rebound from a loss to the league-best Heat, Sunday's 109-77 road defeat. Charlotte missed a season-high 20 3-pointers, hitting just five from beyond the arc.

"We ran into some dry spells and we settled for way too many 3s," coach Mike Dunlap said. "... That's not who we are."

Kemba Walker has seven of the team's 17 3s against the Magic this season, leading the Bobcats in those games with an average of 27.0 points and 6.3 assists. Walker finished with a then-career-high 32 points and seven assists on Dec. 15.

Bobcats backup point guard Jannero Pargo, who signed a second 10-day contract on Monday, will face the Magic for the first time this season. He's averaging 12.2 points and 3.0 assists in the last five games.

Charlotte will be happy to not have to deal with Afflalo, who averaged 20.3 points in the first three meetings. Harris, however, has impressed at times since moving into the starting lineup earlier this month, averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds in his last eight games.

The Bobcats have won the season series against the Magic just once, their inaugural 2004-05 campaign.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Game Odds
Orlando 4 Charlotte -4
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Orlando5th Southeast 00.00000-0-
Charlotte2nd Southeast 00.00000-0-

Related Video

September 12, 2016
Training Camp Preview: Orlando Magic (1:14)
August 24, 2016
Fantasy Basketball: Breakouts (8/24)
July 18, 2016
Orlando's offseason
July 2, 2016
Biyombo creates 'big' questions in Orlando

CBSSports Shop

Men's Brand Jordan Navy Michigan Wolverines 2016 Elite Coaches Sideline Performance Polo

College Sideline Gear
Get yours today!
Shop Now

A GordonAnkle
C ZellerKnee
Key Players
, PG
35.7 Min. Per Game 34.6 Kemba<br>Walker
, PG
14.9 Pts. Per Game 17.3
7.4 Ast. Per Game 5.5
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.4
39.4 Field Goal % 41.9
34.6 Three Point % 33.2
87.3 Free Throw % 79.1
Team Rankings
Orlando Magic2473.34
Charlotte Bobcats2769.45
Series Game Log
Dec 1Charlotte 
Dec 5 @ Dallas 
Other Games
Bos 93 Final
Cle 92
Mil 92 Final
Phi 100
Atl 107 Final
Tor 88
Mem 101 Final
NY 108
LAC 105 Final
NO 91
Miami 97 Final
Chi 101
Ind 100 Final
Hou 91
LAL 120 Final
Min 117
Wash 80 Final
OKC 103
Den 99 Final
SA 100
Pho 88 Final
Utah 103
Sac 105 Final
GS 98
Brook 111 Final
Port 93